Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/18/14
Baltimore Orioles (35-34) at Tampa Bay Rays (28-43)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Kevin Gausman (R) (2-1) (3.706) vs. Alex Cobb (R) (2-4) (3.993)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -124 / Baltimore Orioles +114 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, Sun Sports
The Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays will play the rubber game of their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon.
The Orioles are just one of those teams you can’t figure out, as they’re 6-5 in their last 11 games. The Orioles are just so up-and-down, and their pitching staff has allowed five runs in three straight games. Overall, the Orioles have an ERA of 4.05 on the season. Offensively, the Orioles have been a little more consistent, as Adam Jones has crossed the plate at least once in four straight games and Chris Davis is coming off a 4-RBI game. Kevin Gausman takes the mound, and he’s 2-1 with a 3.71 ERA and has 11 strikeouts in 17 innings. Gausman is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in two career games against the Rays.
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The Rays have won four of their last six games, but are still a brutal 16 games below .500. Another team that’s been inconsistent all year, the Rays have an ERA of 4.00 and an offense that is 26th in the league in runs scored. However, the Rays have put up numbers in this series and are starting to hit the ball well. James Loney has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games, while Evan Longoria has a six-game hitting streak. Alex Cobb gets the start, and he’s 2-4 with a 3.99 ERA and has 45 strikeouts in 47.1 innings. Cobb is 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA in four career starts against the Orioles.
The Orioles are 2-5 in their last 7 games as an underdog and 9-4 in their last 13 vs. American League East. The Rays are 6-2 in Cobb's last 8 starts vs. a team with a winning record and 7-3 in Cobb's last 10 starts as a favorite.
The Rays are starting to hit the ball well and Cobb is probably the only Rays pitcher you can count on at this point. I like the Rays at home for the cheap price.